A Look at Faith: Beautifully Destitute & Pleasing to God

Keith KettenringBible Insights, Christian Living, The Uncommon Journey2 Comments

The best Christian you’ll ever meet might be the homeless guy you ignore and despise at Exit #8 on your way to work. She might be the down syndrome child that irritates you with her guttural outbursts during the sermon. He might be the tatted, long-haired, artsy-fartsy moron neighbor who drinks too much. When it comes to recognizing people of … Read More

Exploring the Magnificent, Yet Often Misunderstood, Mercy of God

Keith KettenringAncient Paths, Bible Insights, Christian Living, The Uncommon Journey2 Comments

It is very clear in scripture and in life, that God is merciful. Over half the Psalms proclaim God’s mercy. God’s mercy is seen from Old Testament stories to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Your life and mine are filled with evidence of God’s mercy. That you are alive: seeing, breathing, reading, thinking, and being show God’s mercy in … Read More

Today Is The Perfect Day To Be With Jesus

Keith KettenringBible Insights, Christian Living, Prayer & Fasting, The Uncommon Journey2 Comments

What’s on your schedule today? Get kids to school? Meet with your company’s CEO? Go grocery shopping? Take your dog to the vet? Make 5 sales calls? Have lunch with a friend? Attend your son’s soccer game? Prepare your Bible study lesson? Study for tomorrow’s exam? Drop off clothes at Goodwill? Fix dinner for the family? Mow the yard? Get … Read More

A Second-Look At A Popular “Doctrine” That Clouds Spiritual Reality

Keith KettenringAncient Paths, Bible Insights, Christian Living, The Uncommon Journey2 Comments

Does this make sense to you? Why do I need to make any effort to move forward spiritually when God sees me as perfectly righteous in Jesus Christ? Since I’m perfect in Christ, why would I struggle to pray, fast, love my neighbor, or give to the poor? This highlights another de-motivating idea (along with “faith alone”) that has entrenched … Read More

Is “Faith Alone” Biblical? Let’s Take A Look

Keith KettenringAncient Paths, Bible Insights, Christian Living, The Uncommon Journey4 Comments

One of the most frustrating “push backs” to the necessity of spiritual practices, liturgy, and “disciplines” in Christian living comes from anti-“works-righteousness” individuals. They think since salvation is by faith alone, there is no need for spiritual efforts. Believing is enough. However, is that understanding true to scripture and real life?  [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] Since the Protestant Reformation, a new doctrine … Read More

Here Are Some Ways To Benefit From and Practice Waiting On God

Keith KettenringBible Insights, Christian Living, The Uncommon Journey2 Comments

What’s the point of the waiting on God? Why do scripture writers tell us to “wait on the Lord?” Is it really that important? When you experience what it means to “wait on the Lord,” you discover how significant this action is to your spiritual life. So significant, that you can’t live without it.  [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] In the midst of … Read More

What Does A “Successful” Relationship With God Look Like? The Answers May Surprise You.

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Success can be a nebulous concept when connected to our relationship with God. How can you determine if your relationship with God is actually successful? What measurement can be used? Is it a feeling of satisfaction that comes over you affirming that all is good with God? Can you say you relate to God successfully because you are at peace, … Read More